Assignments August 21-24

4. Camera Simulators – Due Monday before class is over

The powerpoint below gives more information on how ISO, Shutter speed, and aperture work together in photography.


Play around with the camera simulators and learn how to use the camera controls.

Discuss camera use and check out, then practice with the camera in the classroom in groups. Submit one photo that you or your group members took, in the caption area title the photo and include the ISO, Shutter Speed, and Aperture settings (we will discuss how to find this in Photos and how to use photos as well). Title your blog post “Camera Simulators.”

5. Composition – Due Tuesday before class is over

Read about what makes strong composition in a photograph and what catches the viewers eye. Find  12 sample photos online which show good composition. Make a gallery of images in Edublogs. Post your gallery and write 12 complete sentences, (with capitals and periods), one sentence under in the caption area of each photo before posting, to explain what element of composition each photo represents. Title your blog post “Composition.”

25 Photo Composition Tips

6. Lenses – Read and Write – Due Wednesday before class is over

Read this article and write three paragraphs explaining what you now know and understand about camera lenses.


7. Negative Prints – Due Thursday before class is over

We will go over negative prints and create one in class.

Assignments August 14-17

1. Create Blog – Due Tuesday before class is over

Make a blog for your photo work and critique writing.

You must join the class blog:… FIRST BEFORE YOU PICK A TEMPLATE.

Follow the link for help on adding the class blog when it asks you to search for the teacher type in kacieanglin

Include your blog title and your first name on your blog.

2. How to use blog Due Wednesday before class is over

Write an about me section as a TEXT WIDGET on your blog. Follow the link for help on adding a text widget

Make your very first post a photograph of yourself, title it “First Post.”

Your second post will be a gallery post with three images from the internet, title it “Gallery.”

3. Camera Functions Due Thursday before class is over

Read this article about basic camera functions.

and watch the following history of photography video 

Write 20 sentences you learned while reading this article. Be sure to include what is an aperture, shutter speed, ISO, camera metering. (using Word) Copy and paste your text in your blog as a blog post titled: “Camera Functions”. Use academic language and remember the rules of grammar.

Assignments December 12-15

Final Assignment For All PowerPoint

Choose your best 10 photos

Create a PowerPoint with those photos

Should have 11 slides total

First slide – title slide

Next 10 slides should be your photos,  each slide should include the photo, a title, and explain why you chose it as your favorite/best photo (explain using the elements of art and design), you can also add in a slide for the writing if you don’t have room with the photo. Make sure that you can see the writing. You will present this to the class during our last day of class. Please post to your blog as “Powerpoint”. If you can’t get it to load you can share it to me through Google Docs.

  • 11 Slides – 10 points
  • Photos on each slide – 40 points
  • Title of each photo – 20 points
  • Explanation of photos – 50 points
  • Presentation – 30 points
  • Total – 150 points

Assignments December 5-8

47. Alphabet Photography Due Tuesday before class is over

Using photographs that look like letters, spell out a word. You need to take at least five photos, so make sure your word is at least five letters or you can use two words. Do not take a picture of a written letter, you can make the letters out of other things, but not written. Look on google for ideas. Upload to your blog by Tuesday before class is over as “Alphabet Photography”. You can use pic monkey or any other photo editing app to put the letters together or put it in a gallery in the correct order. Below are some examples. 

48. Scavenger Hunt – Due Thursday before class is over

Rules and list will be handed out during class Wednesday. This a group contest and we will work on it in class. All photos need to be uploaded to one members blog by Thursday before class is over. There will be a prize given out on Monday to the group that gets the most points. All photos need to have the corresponding number and title or they will not get the points. The list and grading sheet will be handed out on Wednesday. 

Assignments November 28-December 1

45. Documentary Photos and Drawings – 12 Total – Due Tuesday before class is over

Take photos, find images to print out, and draw images of your subject. You need to have at least six photos of your own while the other six can be images from newspapers, magazines, your drawings, etc. Please upload your photos to your blog before class is over on Tuesday so that I can print them for you.

46. Accordion Book – Due Thursday before class is over

We will print your six photos, upload to your blog first so that I can print them, by Tuesday before class is over. Then you will prepare an accordion book. You will have Wednesday and Thursday to create the books. Below are the instructions on creating the book. We will go over it in class as well. Then you will mount your printed photos, magazine and newspaper cutouts, and drawings into the book along with captions, titles, and any stories. We will present the books on Monday in class, so be prepared for that as well. Be creative with the books, the paper you use, the captions, and the titles. Make sure that you use good conventions and ideas and content.

Also, here is the rubric showing what you will be graded on


Students mount images on 16-x-20-inch pages, artfully arranging them and interspersing them with text derived from their interviews. (This approach approximates the way in which photo essays were most often presented in magazines and other publications.) Students can also make accordion books in which to present their images.

Instructions for making accordion book:
1. Fold long sheet of paper in half and crease fold with bone folder. Bringing the left and right sides to the center, fold and fold in half again. Fold each of those sections in half again to create eight sections. Re-crease all the folds, making an accordion. 
2. Cut two pieces of cardboard 1/8 inch larger than the height and width of pages.
3. OPTIONAL: Cut two pieces of colored or patterned paper or cloth 1½ inches larger on all sides than the height and width of cover board. 
4. Spread glue stick over one entire side of one cover board.
5. Center glued side of board on paper/cloth cover and press down firmly.
6. Cut corners of the cover at a diagonal but don’t make cuts closer than 1/4 inch from the corners of board.
7. Glue and fold edge of cover material around corners of board.
8. Repeat for back cover.
9. Spread glue stick over the inside front cover. Center first page of accordion over the cover and press down firmly. Use bone folder if available.
10. Repeat for inside back cover.
11. Spread glue stick on back of photos and texts and attach to pages. (Note: Instead of gluing, insert photos into diagonal slits cut into accordion paper at all four photo corners. Allow room for captions below.)
12. Neatly write captions below each image.



Assignments November 14-17

42. Documentary Photography 

Students consider the function of social-documentary photography. They will research Dorothea Lange’s documentary projects, and create their own photo essay about a subject of interest to them. Students will document an area of struggle in their life or take on a struggle to document within their community. We will watch this video on photojournalism and this video on Colorado Women Taking on Hunger and discuss the different types of documentary photography and what it is. Here are some tips on taking documentary photography. 

Lesson Overview

• Students will discuss and analyze examples of social-documentary photographs by Dorothea Lange.
• Students will define “social documentary” and consider the function of social-documentary photography.
• Students will research one or more of Dorothea Lange’s social-documentary projects.
• Students will research a subject of importance or special interest to them (e.g., a community they know or are interested in knowing about, or a local or national event or a political or social issue they care about) and use interview techniques to develop their project.
• Students will create a photo essay about their subject that meets their definition of “social documentary.” 

43. Social Documentary and Dorthea Lange – Due Wednesday before class is over

First we will look at the photographs below from Dorthea Lange and discuss those.

Research the term “social documentary” and draft a definition. Also research two related terms currently in use by artists, art historians, and art critics: “concerned photography” and “compassionate photography.” Write out your definition and explain. Also research on the Internet or in books three images by Lange that were part of social-documentary projects she undertook (for example, additional photographs she took while working for the Farm Security Administration). Include those three photographs and what you learned about her documentary photography. Title the post “Dorthea Lange Writing.”

44. Choose Topic – Due Thursday before class is over

Choose and research a topic of struggle in your life or take on a struggle to document within your community that will be the subject of their own social-documentary project, presented in the form of a photo essay (a series of related photographs focusing on a specific topic that is intended to be viewed collectively, often with captions).

The photo essay was popularized by Lange and other photographers during the 1930s. Photo essays by Lange were published in various magazines and reports from the 1930s to the 1960s. What is the difference between a photo essay and a single photograph about the same topic? What can a photo essay do that a single photograph cannot? Why is photography especially well suited for the essay format?

Students discuss topics for their photo essays and brainstorm ideas for how to visually express them. Students also brainstorm interview questions for individuals they may photograph as part of the project. 

Write a one-page plan summarizing the key story they hope to tell in their photo essay and strategies for doing so, keeping in mind their definition of “social documentary.” Upload to your blog as your topic and include your one-page plan. Title the post “Documentary Photography Topic.”


Assignments November 7-10

40Comments – Due Monday before class is over

Comment on your favorite four still life toys from photography 1 and 2 students. Make sure that you name the photographer and upload to your blog as “Toy Photo Comments.”

41Impact of Photography – Due Thursday before class over

We will watch the movie Flags of Our Fathers, you need to turn in the permission slip to watch the movie. 

If you did watch the movie Flags of Our Fathers, you will write about your thoughts on the movie, how you think the photograph impacted the world, and how you think photographs in general help or change or impact the world. You will be graded on ideas and content and conventions. Title the post “Impact of Photography.”

If you did not watch the movie Flags of Our Fathers with us, you need to find three different photos that have impacted the world, country, or nation, and explain the importance of the photograph and the importance of photography (include the photos in your post and name the photographer). You will be graded on ideas and content and conventions. Title the post “Impact of Photography.”

Assignments October 31-November 3

37. Comments – Due Monday before class if over

Comment on your favorite four still lifes or recreations or framing from photography 2 students. Make sure that you name the photographer and upload to your blog as “Still Life Photo Comments.” 

38. Camera Settings – Due Tuesday before class is over

Read this link:

On your blog list the 13 settings every beginner should know and 1-2 sentences explaining what each one is.

39. Still Life Toy Photographs – DUE THURSDAY BEFORE CLASS IS OVER

Look at the examples

It’s interesting to photograph still life subjects using unexpected approaches. This takes an object out of its normal context, so that you can see it in a different light. In this case, you’re going to make a formal portrait of a toy. You will upload your best 6 photos by Thursday before class is over, with titles, in a gallery. Title your blog post “Toy Photos”

Before you begin think about the following

  • Do you want to convey the significance that a plaything from your childhood has for you, or will you choose a random toy and portray it in unexpected ways?
  • Consider the portrait’s background. Will it provide context, color, and visual interest or will it be a neutral setting that highlights the subject?
  • As you compose your image, experiment with lighting, viewpoint, balance, and emphasis to reveal the toy’s story.

Assignments October 24-27

33. Comments – Due Monday before class is over

Comment on four of your favorite portraits or forced perspective from photography 2 students. Make sure that you include the photographers name and copy and paste into a word document to upload to your blog as “Studio portrait comments.”

34. Still Life Writing – Due Wednesday before class is over

Find three different still life photos and explain how unity and variety play a part in the overall look of the photo. Also, explain the viewpoint and what you think about each photo. Make sure to include the photos and who the photographer is. Upload to your blog as “Still Life Writing.”

35. Still Life Object Photos – Due Thursday before class is over

We will watch a video on Still_Life_Thinking_Artistically and Still_Life_Objects. Then you  will choose objects that interest you. Don’t feel you have to assemble still lifes like others you’ve seen. Instead, look around for objects you feel comfortable with, or objects you dislike. Consider objects you barely even notice. How do they look with other objects? What happens when a bright light hits them? Look for the unexpected, and give it meaning through your photographs. You should bring items into class that you want to photograph. Make sure that you pay attention to the backgrounds when you are photographing. You will upload you best 6 photos to your blog by Thursday with titles, 3×3 gallery, title post “Still Life Object Photos.”

36. Critique your own photographs you posted and answer these questions – Due Thursday before class is over

  1. Do I have a strong composition?
  2. How well did I edit my photographs?
  3. What would I do differently if I shot this assignment again?
  4. Do you think your photographs belong on the blog home page and   should be considered one of the best from all the photo classes?

Assignments October 17-20

30. Comments Due Monday before class is over

Comment on your favorite four conceptual self portraits or hands and feet photography 2 work. Copy and paste the image and comment into a word document and upload to your blog as “Portrait Comments.” Make sure you name the photographer.

31. Studio Portrait Writing – Due Wednesday before class is over

Find a studio portrait online and write a list of 25 words you think of when you look at the portrait. Include the photographers name and link. Post to your blog as “Studio Portrait Writing.”

32. Studio Portraits – Due Thursday before class is over

We will take these portraits outside, but set up as studio portraits. Teri from Teri’s Photography will present her studio work to help explain portraits. You will upload your best 6 portraits to your blog and title your blog, “Studio Portraits”, 3×3 gallery.